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battling the heat to reach the second round, Andy Murray said that

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the rules need to be looked at. That is in 15 minutes, after The Papers.

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Hello. Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me are freelance journalist Samira Shackle and Oliver

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Wright, the Whitehall editor of the Independent. Many of the front pages

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are in now. We are going to start by looking at The Independent. It is

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saying that by analysing census records it has found that there is

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evidence that some immigrant groups are practising sex selective

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abortions. The Daily Telegraph is leading on George Osborne warning

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other EU countries that they must reform economies or face decline.

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The Daily Mirror devotes its entire front page to allegations of sexual

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offences being faced by three celebrities, Coronation Street's

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William Roache amongst them. The much anticipated French President's

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press conference takes centre stage on the Guardian's cover, revealing

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he had an awful lot to say, but not about his alleged affair. The Daily

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Express also leads on those three cases in which celebrities are

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facing sexual offence charges. The photographs show the defendants,

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Dave Lee Travis, William Roache and Rolf Harris. The Times leads on the

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same story, and shows Rolf Harris leaving court. The Daily Mail leads

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on that story, calling it an extraordinary day, with three

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reputation is at stake. We are going to start with that

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story, the front cover of the Daily Mirror. Corrie Ken abused girl in TV

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loo, is the headline. We have three different sex assault cases, linked

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by one thing, it would seem, celebrity. We know in the two trials

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that have started today, that of William Roache and Dave Lee Travis,

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the prosecution have made it clear that they believe it is that

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celebrity that the defendants used to cover their crimes? Absolutely.

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That is a common thread running through that. It is also something

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that is being used in the defence, Dave Lee Travis's lawyers saying it

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is his fame that is making him a target for these allegations. It is

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obviously difficult to say anything much about it, really. But I think

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we can be sure that it is going to run and run. Indeed. We have to be

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careful in linking the three? The key point here is the timing of

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this, it is entirely coincidental. While it is interesting and a good

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story for news desks to put these three stories together, and it

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sounds very dramatic, it could give the public the impression that

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somehow these three are linked. But they are very different allegations.

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All of which took place at very different times in history, very

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different geographical places, and they are separate places that will

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be tried by separate juries and I think that is important. Indeed,

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three very, very different investigations. Let's go on the

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Independent. Very, very interesting story. The lost girls. Illegal

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abortion is apparently, according to the Independent, widely used in some

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UK ethnic minority immunities to prevent the birth of daughters? This

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is a difficult and uncomfortable subject to report on and

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investigate. This is something we have been doing for a number of

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weeks. If you are going to run a story like this saying that,

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basically, illegal abortions are prevalent within certain ethnic

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minority communities, you want to be extremely sure of your facts. That

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is what we have done and that is why we have taken... I mean, it is hard,

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you can see the story and it looks like it has come yesterday, but in

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fact this is a piece of work that has been sometime in the making.

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What we did was we used the Office of National Statistics's census data

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going from 2011. We looked particularly at second children from

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both ethnic minority backgrounds and the general population. What we

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found was that there was a statistical very -- variation

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between boys and girls born in the event amenities. We show this to

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statisticians. What we wanted to say was, is this statistically

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significant? They said yes. You can extrapolate from the figures that

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somewhere between 1400, and 1700 more boys than girls. That is the

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difference between the two taxes, which you should not expect to find.

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Is this shocking? Well, I think anybody would expect to find the

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abortion of children purely because they are female quite shocking in

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itself. I think where we are talking about this issue, you have to

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think, it is said of India that there are 60 million missing women,

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as a result of female infanticide. When you have something on that

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scale, I don't think you can expect it to disappear with immigration.

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Obviously it is worth noting that, obviously any is too many, but this

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is a small number in the context of the number of immigrants from ethnic

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minorities in the UK. But I think you can't really expect those things

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to disappear. I don't think that means you shouldn't... That is what

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I mean about it being shocking, is it shopping? I think it is shocking,

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but I don't think it is entirely unexpected or surprising. What is

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pertinent about it is what we have found contradicts what the official

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sources say. I suspect that is because of our methodology, that we

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looked at second children rather than across the round. I don't think

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they did that in their survey. I think this quite strongly makes the

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argument that the government needs to look at this again. It is a

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matter of huge public policy. Is this going to affect the debate

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about whether or not pregnant women should be allowed to know the sex of

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their babies before 13 weeks, up to 13 weeks? Of course, later on it is

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much more difficult to get an abortion? I think that is the only

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way that you can really limit this. It is difficult to enforce a ban on

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sex selective abortion, because people could give another reason for

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wanting an abortion once they know the gender. I think that debate

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needs to reopen. But then you can't really stop people going abroad to

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do it, I don't think you can stop people. You can make it more

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difficult. I don't see any reason why, if you are going to become a

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parent, you'd need to find out the sex of the child at ten or 13 weeks,

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why you can't wait longer. Some people choose to wage the whole

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time. A really interesting story. Let's go onto the Telegraph. Mr

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Osborne is lecturing the EU on reform. The Chancellor says that

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Europe must halt decline by backing business and cutting welfare

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spending if Britain is to remain part of it. Clearly, he is setting

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out his stall and making it clear to backbenchers that we are doing what

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we can to reform Europe? George Osborne lecturing the EU. I think it

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is another day, another story about Tory leadership pandering to the

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Tory right on the Europe. I sort of wonder who in Europe is listening,

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particularly saying that British mothership is going to be

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conditional on job creation and welfare spending in Europe. I think

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it is quite interesting that, since one of the central arguments from

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the Tory Right is about British sovereignty, should we be telling

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other states what to do if that is the art image? I totally agree. The

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headline should say, Osborne playing to his own backbenchers by having

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another go at the EU, but that would not fit. The serious point is that I

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don't see any good way out of this for Cameron, Osborne ordered Tory

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leadership. Despite what they are saying, they are pragmatists. They

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realise that Britain, not in the EU, would be a total disaster for the

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country and, in particular, business. They are now a locked into

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this referendum. There is a sizeable portion of backbenchers that just

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want out of there. They are not looking for any contra Mize. Even if

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somebody is listening in Brussels, saying, we are going to reform, even

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if they did make concessions and made changes that suit the

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government, you don't think if they went into a referendum in 2015 or

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wherever, with a new set of policies in place, that they would win?

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Really? I don't think they'll win the concessions which Cameron's

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backbenches believe and want him to win, which are frankly totally

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impractical. I think almost intentionally they're so, that the

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backbenchers are putting Cameron in such a position that nothing is good

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enough, because they don't want to reform the EU. They actually just

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want out. Interesting. We'll stick with the Telegraph. Hollande

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anticipation, yes, but no satisfaction. This referring to his

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press conference this year, where there's a lot of discussions about

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his private life. He didn't want to discuss it. No, he doesn't. Would

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anyone fault him for that? He wanted to discuss pretty much everything

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else. What has amused me about this story is one thing that has come up

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quite a lot is the differences it shows between the French political

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landscape and the British one. I think it's quite difficult to

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imagine British Prime Ministers being accused of having an affair

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with a film star and not resigning, and threatening to sue the magazine

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who published the allegations and I think it's quite interesting. We

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have just brought up the cover there of the main French newspapers and

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it's got a little bit at the top. Saying the affair is destabilising

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the man. There were lots of muderings from political hacks if

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this was Britain if David Cameron had done such a thing he wouldn't

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have had such an easy ride. The Prime Ministers don't do press

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conferences. I just thought that the sketch is superb here. If Francois

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Hollande treats his women the way he treats his press conferences I feel

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rather sorry for them! We'll go on to the front page of The Guardian. A

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very French affair. I don't understand the papers. "Hollande has

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a lot to say, except on one subject." Why should we be surprised

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by that? Who wants to talk about their private life? It seems normal.

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Normally people confirm or deny something if they're accused. He

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hasn't. Maybe that's it. I find it a bit odd that asked whether he was

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going to take his partner, who is the First Lady to America, he said,

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"Well, I've jet to decide." It seems odd. OK. Thank you both. You'll be

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back in an hour to look at the headlines. Many thanks for that.

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Stay with us, because at the top of the hour, for the first time in four

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years, inflation has fallen to the Bank of England's 2% rate, so for a

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lot of people that could be good news. Labour are saying that we are

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lagging far behind. Stay with us for that, but now it's Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Katie Gornall. Coming up - we'll

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have all the results from an eventful night in the FA Cup, as

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Norwich's season goes from bad to worse at Craven

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